Nico Schernbeck

Project Manager
Mediation & Dialogue Support
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Nico Schernbeck has a background in negotiation support, peace mediation and diplomatic practice. As project manager of the Mediation & Dialogue Support Programme, he supports the planning, organization and implementation of the Berghof Foundation’s negotiation support to Resistance and Liberations Movements in transition. The project aims at improving conditions for political solutions to violent conflicts by enhancing the negotiation capacities of these conflict actors. Designing targeted training modules and providing support to National Dialogue processes as part of the project National Dialogue Handbook. A Guide for Practitioners represents the second pillar of Nico’s work. Together with his colleagues and in close consultation with local partners and international stakeholders, he coordinates the implementation of technical support activities, political consultations, and strategic policy advice for local conflict stakeholders in Mali, Myanmar and South Sudan.

Nico Schernbeck has served as Special Representative on Youth and Security of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), advising the Austrian Chairmanship 2017 on the role of youth in peace and conflict. He is currently advising the OSCE Secretariat in its youth mainstreaming strategy. In 2016, he worked for the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) and was seconded to the Task Force of the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016 at the German Federal Foreign Office where he supported Germany’s initiative to strengthen OSCE conflict prevention and management capacities. Nico Schernbeck holds a Master degree in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies from the Goethe University Frankfurt and a Bachelor in Political Science from the Philipps University Marburg and the Università degli Studi di Cagliari. He is fluent in German, Italian, English, and French.